In this section, you’ll find all recent headlines that you, as a pop culture aficionado, should not miss. We can’t all keep track of everything, so each week we’ll select the important news for you. We bring you our: Geekly News Round-Up!
Batman v Superman Empire Magazine Pictures
As reported last week, upcoming DC Comics/Warner Bros. movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is featured in this months edition of the Empire Magazine. The issue is very worth a read. The Empire editors visited the movie on set and director Zack Snyder at his production offices in Burbank Los Angeles. A lot of new info was revealed, like Ben Affleck storming into producer Deborah Snyder’s office during pre production, showing her a Batman comic with a pretty enthusiastic “I need to have my hair exactly like that!”, the shooting date for Wonder Woman (this September in London) and that the whole gang is already in the midst of pre-production for Justice League, which will go in front of the cameras in Spring 2016! Batman’s role in the movie is described by Snyder as being the bad guy and not the bad guy of the movie at the same time and that he has already met all of his rogues gallery before the movie, which is why every single member of the Suicide Squad is in prison in that film. It was also revealed that Snyder, his wife and producer Charles Roven (who also produced the Dark Knight Trilogy) are the creative heads of the whole DC film universe (just like Kevin Feige is for Marvel) and showed the Empire crew a big whiteboard on which all planned DC movies were put into a timeline and planned out. They reiterated that each director will have as much freedom as they want, but will still play in the “same sandbox” as the rest of the movies, so the shared universe still works. There is a lot more interesting stuff, so give the issue a read, if you can get it. Until then check out the HD pictures Empire has released online here:
Tatum out/in Gambit
Last week the Wrap reported that Channing Tatum is going to exit the upcoming Gambit X-Men solo movie. No reasons for this were named and it was said that negotiations were still ongoing, but that it looked bad for the movie. A few days later Hollywood Reporter got the inside scoop that Tatum and the X-producers on Fox finally came around and he now officially signed on the dotted line. They also say that his character Gambit is supposed to be the new anchor character for the X-films, to follow Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Considering the high probability of a multi picture deal, maybe that was something Tatum had some worries about. No matter, as all seems fine now and the Gambit movie is on track to start shooting in New Orleans this September.
Spider-man Costume Art For Civil War Leaked?
Latino Review posted this picture last week and claimed that this might be leaked concept art from the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie from Marvel Studios, which will mark Spidey’s first appearance in the MCU! Take this with a huge grain of salt, as other websites have already questioned the validity of this rumor, but I think the picture is cool and different enough to share either way. I for one would like a new approach for Spidey’s costume, even if this is pretty far removed from the original suit. What do you guys think?
The writers for the planned Spider-man solo reboot movie also let it slip that new Spidey actor Tom Holland already shot his cameo for the next Captain America movie and that they are currently brainstorming to find the right villain for the next movie. There was another rumor going around that they want Jason Biggs (American Pie) as Matt Gargan/Scorpion and Billy Zane (Titanic) as the Vulture, but I don’t see both of those as real casting choices. We will keep you updated on the Archonia Blog of course.
Fantastic Four Actors Speculate About Villains
With the new Fantastic Four movie less than a week away from release, the talented actors are currently busy doing the press rounds as usual and of course there is sequel talk coming up. The question they got asked the most is, who would the want to face in the second movie.
“You can’t get away from Silver Surfer. I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise, but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking.” Jamie Bell (The Thing/Ben Grimm).
Michael B. Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm, has another idea: Namor.
“It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor.”
Both sound like a great idea, but I highly doubt they are gonna get to use Namor, since his rights are entangled between multiple studios.
The cast also seemed game to come back for a sequel, even if they still haven’t seen the finished movie. Reviews for Fantastic Four have also been embargoed until the day of release, so there is still no way of knowing how the movie’ll turn out. **I still think it looks pretty cool **and interesting and I absolutely dig the darker tone and sci-fi vibe they use for it, so I am very hopeful. We will find out next week.
Naruto Hollywood Adaptation Planned
After being successfully adapted into an Anime, videogames and merch lines, mega Manga Naruto is going to be adapted into a Hollywood live action movie as well. Michael Grancey is supposed to direct and former Spider-man producer Avi Arad is going to produce the movie. The deal isn’t entirely through yet, but insiders say it looks like this is going to happen.
Seeing the trackrecord of Hollywood Manga adaptations like Old Boy, Dragon Ball and the like, I am not sure if real Naruto fans are happy or sad about this news, but maybe this is the movie that actually cracks the code and gets it done! Who knows?
Michael Gracey is a guy with a special effects background who is also lined up to direct the Elton John biopic Rocketman, with Tom Hardy.
Sneak Peek For Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Series
An animated version of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to premier this fall on the Disney XD network in the US. You can check out a short teaser clip above. It looks very very much inspired by the movie and the animation is of very high quality. Much higher than I expected. Check it out!